November 25, 2014

Authors, Let’s be Safe on Social Networking

By Susan Reichert, Editor-in-Chief, Southern Writers Magazine

Well, there is a new social network on the block! Some of you may have heard of it.  The name is Nextdoor.  Now according to my sources, this is a private social network for your neighborhood. When you join, you have to give your home address, which I understand is Google Map synched.

Yes it might help you get to know people in your neighborhood, and introduce them to the fact they have a real live author in their neighborhood…but do you really want your address thrown out  live on the internet?

Only you can make this decision.  As with anything, there are pros and cons in joining.  The biggest turn off for me was I don’t want my home address shared on any social media. Now call me nuts, but I prefer some things a little private, particularly, my address. Yes, I know, there are ways to find out our addresses, but I want to keep from freely giving it online.

Of course, this is just my feelings. But let me remind you that as an author, you have great sources to showcase your books, talk about your book releases, and book signings through Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, your blogs, and your websites.

At any rate, I would love to know which ones you use and feel helps you the most.

Let’s face it, writers have to use sources to tell other people about their writings, and their books being published, but let’s be safe.

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